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Franziska Michor, PhD


Researcher


Researcher

  • Professor of Computational Biology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Professor in the Department of Stem Cells and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University

Contact Information

  • Office Phone Number617-632-5045

Bio

Dr. Michor is a Professor of Computational Biology in the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and in the Department of Stem Cells and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University. Dr. Michor obtained her undergraduate training in mathematics and molecular biology from the University of Vienna, Austria, and her PhD from the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Afterwards, she was awarded a fellowship from the Harvard Society of Fellows. From 2007 until 2010, she was an Assistant Professor in the Computational Biology Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Michor is the director of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Physical Sciences-Oncology Center and the Center for Cancer Evolution. She has been the recipient of the Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Alice Hamilton Award , the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science, the 36th Annual AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research, and others. Dr. Michor's laboratory investigates the evolutionary dynamics of cancer initiation, progression, response to therapy, and emergence of resistance.

Recent Awards:

  • The 36th Annual AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research 2016
  • NYSCF - Robertson Stem Cell Prize 2015
  • Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science 2015
  • Alice Hamilton Award 2012
  • Gerstner Young Investigator Award 2010
  • Leon Levy Young Investigator Award 2009
  • Austrian Scientists and Scholars in North America (ASCINA) Award 2008
  • Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize, Society for the Study of Evolution 2007
  • Junior Fellowship, Harvard Society of Fellows, Harvard University 2005-2008
  • Harold M. Wintraub Graduate Student Award, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington 2004
  • Austrian Mathematical Society Prize for paper titled, The Mathematics of Planetary Movement 2000

Research

Cancer evolution, mathmatical modeling, cancer genomics, treatment response, cancer stem cells

The research of our lab focuses on the evolutionary dynamics of cancer. Cancer emerges due to an evolutionary process in somatic tissue. The fundamental laws of evolution can best be formulated as exact mathematical equations. Therefore, the process of cancer initiation and progression is amenable to mathematical investigation. Current areas of research include cancer stem cells, evolution of drug resistance, and the dynamics of metastasis formation.

Location

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
450 Brookline Avenue
Center for Life Sciences CLS 11029
Boston MA, 02215
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